With A Day To Remember set to drop their latest album You’re Welcome on March 5 the music world is once again abuzz at the bold, fresh stance taken by the band.
They continually push the envelope with each release and have a blatant disregard for convention or expectation, which is perhaps part of the band’s universal appeal.
Guitarist Kevin Skaff joined HEAVY from lockdown where he has spent the better part of 12 months to talk us through You’re Welcome and A Day To Remember’s stance on delivering music.
“Musically it’s our most…it’s definitely our most out there album,” he offered. “It’s all over the place sonics wise and genre-wise. We just decided to go for it. We had so many songs prepared for the album that it was probably gonna be like that anyways. We actually wanted to put out a double album but the powers that be wanted us to just put out one (laughs).”
After demoing more than forty songs for the release, Skaff says the band presented the raw material to the band powerbrokers before eventually whittling them down to the 14 tracks that appear on the album.
“It was honestly just the band and managers and the label,” he said of the process. “We all just got in one room and listened to all the demos we had then knocked it down to – I think it was 25 – and then we just started recording. After that, it went on for a little while then we all got back in the same room and cut it down again so it was just like a democratic vote – and yes we do know what democratic voting is in America (laughs).”
In the full interview, Kevin discusses the diversity of music on You’re Welcome in greater detail, choosing singles to reflect the diversity of the album, getting the balance between commercialized music and the heavier material, finding their musical identity and more.
Watch “Mindreader” below: